Stéphane Jacques is the founder and managing director of Lemongrass Thai Restaurant..
Mounir is an executive, entrepreneur, author, global speaker, social activist, and project management thought leader with close to 30 years of professional experience in project management..
Camilla d’Abo, 38, is a British national who has lived and worked in Dubai for 30 years. She boasts nearly 15 years of dedicated Public Relations (PR) experience in the Middle East..
Arrived in Dubai in September 1986 for just nine months..
Mr. Berbari holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from American University of Beirut (AUB), and is the recipient of AUB’s distinguished alumni award for mechanical engineering for the year 2007/2008..
Waleid Abdulkareim is an Emirati. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Ajman University of Science and Technology..
Fadi Malas, an MBA from Imperial College London, is an experienced business leader, catalyst and strategist holding shareholder positions in a diverse range of companies..
Ali Abu Monassar has over 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry and has contributed immensely to the development of tourism in the region..
Diana Hamade is a lawyer, legal consultant and founder of International Advocate Legal Services (IALS)..
A successful entrepreneur who has been working in the region for more than 15 years..
Danish is an investor, entrepreneur, designer and father. He is the founder of hybrid consulting boutique Xische & Co. in Dubai and New York..
Abdulmuttalib Al Hashimi is a UAE national entrepreneur, managing director and founder of Dubai-based Emiratisation consultancy, Next Level..
Ayman has been in the UAE for seven years and has a background in luxury events and marketing. Dipesh has lived in the UAE for the past 18 years, heading up a group of companies..
Started career in telecoms in the UK, starting as a graduate recruit then leaving 7 years later as Sales Manager and Head of football – responsible for UK-wide campaigns engaging thousands of children and working with Premiership and National football tea.
Faisal Al Bannai has more than 15 years of experience working in the IT and telecom sector, having begun his career with a software company dealing in mobile technology. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Shipping, Trade and Finance from London’s City University. Faisal Al Bannai’s […].
Shabana studied Fashion at London College of Fashion..
Before becoming the co-founder and managing partner of ChoCo’a in Dubai, Assem attained a degree in Marketing from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. After 15 years of experience in the chocolate business, he decided in 2004 to move to Dubai with his family and to start his own chocolate brand, ChoCo’a, with the […].
Born in Glasgow, Scotland; educated in the UK; qualified as a Production Engineer. Joined the car industry in 1976 and worked for Lucas, Land Rover and Audi-VW. Set up first company in 1989 in UK, and sold it in 1994..
Manar founded Appetite Catering in July 2005 with his wife, Suzi and friend, Nabil..
Rabea founded and continues to serve as the CEO of Bayt.com..
Tala Badri is the founder and executive director of Centre for Musical Arts. Born and educated in Dubai, at the age of 17 Tala was awarded a full scholarship by the Government of Dubai to study music at Royal Holloway, University of London and became and still is the only female Emirati music graduate. Armed […].
Ravi Bhusari, B. Engineering, MBA – Prior to co-founding DUPLAYS.com, Ravi was employed as Development Advisory Manager at Colliers International’s Dubai office and as a consultant at Investment Boutique LLC..
Noor Sweid is the Managing Director of Strategy at Dubai-based Depa Ltd, one of the world’s largest interior contractors. Noor joined the company in 2005 and immediately set about implementing international corporate governance standards whilst conducting a private placement. Within 3 years, Noor had led, what was the then the UAE’s first privately-owned company, to […].
Yunib Siddiqui opened Jones the Grocer’s first UAE franchise in 2008..
Hind Beljafla is the managing director of DAS collection, which she had launched along with her sister Reem..
Stuart Wheeler represents the heart of Seawings. He is the Shareholder, Director and CEO of the ACI Group of companies which includes Jet – Ops FZE and Seawings LLC..
Rami Farook (UAE, 1981) is a curator, artist, publisher and single father of 2. In 2007, he started Traffic as a forum for social studies, research and development with an intention to create, exhibit and exchange. In 2009, he founded The Farook Collection, advised on the 1st UAE pavilion in Venice and was awarded with […].
Craig Falconer is one of the Creative Partners at North55, a UAE-based creative communications consultancy founded in 2001, specializing in Branding, Print and Interactive Design..
Yousuf Al Hashimi is a Managing Partner at Ahdaaf Sports Club. Yousuf graduated in 2007 from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada with a BA in Political Science. Following that, he worked on setting up Ahdaaf Sports Club as the acting General Manager. In early 2009, Yousuf joined the Executive Office of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin […].
Took over Harlequin in 2008. Sold the business to the Arena Group in 2011. Became CEO of Arena Group, Middle East & Asia. Board member of the Arena Group, Shareholder in Arena Group..
Dr. Ghosheh is the founder and CEO of Dimensions Healthcare, and has more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry..
Barry Kirsch has been involved in the music industry all his working life. From early successes writing and producing songs in the 70s and 80s, he moved into advertising and Film, initially in London and later Dubai where he is now the owner of BKP Music.
Nayla Al Khaja is the first woman film producer in the United Arab Emirates. She is the CEO of D-SEVEN Motion Pictures and D-SEVEN FZ LLC, a marketing and design agency that offers full Media campaign and corporate branding services. D-SEVEN was established in 2005 and in this short span of time has secured a […].
With years of sales and marketing experience in the corporate world, Allison made a successful move into the fitness industry 12 years ago.
Abdullatif Alsayegh opened his own media company in the middle of the financial crisis, to introduce the Arab media, marketing and advertising business into the new digital era with an Arab twist..
Emirati brothers Mohammed and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi took seven years to develop Wild Peeta, establishing the brand in 2008 with the help of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development..
Khalifa Aljaziri, 33, is the Group Managing Director of e-Home Automation, the first business to offer smart technologies tailored to the Arab world and Muslim culture..
Richard worked in a number of different industries, predominately in sales, marketing and commercial roles, before launching Coffee Planet..
Zayan was born in Beirut, Lebanon and was a fashion journalist before moving to Dubai in 2000. She opened S*uce in 2004 with partners Fatima Ghobash and Dina Saleh..
J. C. Butler and Sim Whatley are the Managing Partners of Dubizzle.com, the Middle East’s leading classifieds site. Since its launch in 2005, the site has offered a one-stop-shop for people to buy, sell, or find goods and services in their cities..
Australian-born Donna Benton launched the Entertainer in Dubai in 2001 after spotting a gap in the market for an incentives-based business..
Hey Sugar Bakeshop is the brainchild of Lebanese-born Dana Jallad, who launched the brand over three years ago, before being joined by husband Ra’ed Saqfelhait..
Chareka Paillart worked for more than 15 years as a media market specialist and strategist before partnering with Indian firm EDC to launch the company in the UAE..
Omar Kassim is the Founder of JadoPado and CEO of Al Bogari Holdings. A thinker, tinkerer, and Apple products pusher..
Michael Chalhoub traded in a career in sport events organisation, marketing and logistics to launch the world’s only English-language newspaper focusing solely on sports..
Mohammed Saeed Harib is the founder of Lammtara Pictures and the director of Freej, the Arab world’s first 3-D animated television series..
Azza Al-Qubaisi is the founder and owner of Arjmst, the UAE’s leading jewellery brand, and a prominent Emirati artist. Her art has been showcased in exhibitions around the world, and she has won global acclaim for her jewellery designs..
Murshed Mohamed Ahmed launched Yebab.com, the UAE’s first Arabic online wedding directory in 2008. Today, the site is active in three countries and features data from more than 2,500 stores and suppliers..
The journey ahead is challenging for sure, but success belongs to those who remain focused and determined.